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The economics of Arsenal’s transfer window explained

Arsenal fans feared the worst at the start of the summer, when reports emerged from the club that Unai Emery had a budget of only £45 million to spend on new players.

Yet the deadline day arrivals of Kiernan Tierney from Celtic and David Luiz from Chelsea took the total value of players arriving at the Emirates to £141 million.

Despite this, though, it looks like the Gunners kept within the £45 million limit through a combination of player sales and the clever structuring of transfer deals. In terms of sales, more than £60 million was raised from the sale of Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny, and a host of other players. The transfer kitty was also swelled by the add-on fee which was secured when former Gunner Ismael Bennacer moved from Empoli to AC Milan.

Meanwhile, deals for Nicolas Pépé and ST. Etienne defender William Saliba have been structured in such a way that only a part of their transfer deals had to be paid up-front, with the balance of the payments spread over several years.

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